15 ways to create unforgettable multimedia with Adobe Spark

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Creativity | Wednesday, October 7, 2020

15 ways to create unforgettable multimedia with Adobe Spark

Creating great images, pages and video can spark students’ interest in learning. Adobe Spark makes that possible for free.

This post is written by Claudio Zavala Jr., an edtech and creative media consultant based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is passionate about fostering creativity in all and loves storytelling.
Claudio is an accomplished photographer, avid cinematographer, YouTuber, professional musician and graphic designer. You can find him on Twitter @ClaudioZavalaJr, on his YouTube Channel or on his blog: iamclaudius.com 

Multimedia is one way that technology is impacting what we do in the classroom. Just look back 10 years.

To create impressive video, audio and images in the past, it used to take expensive equipment. Video mixers. Audio boards. Design software.

Now we have high-resolution (or high-definition) creation tools right in our pockets. Smart phones, tablets and computers can do what the high-cost equipment used to do. (And often, it can do better!)

Adobe Spark is one of those tools. It lets students smash together various forms of media into creations that are so cool, they’ll want to show their friends and family. It’s all free, including the website and its iPad/iPhone apps (Post / Page / Video). If you’ve used Adobe Slate or Voice before, Spark will be very familiar. Adobe rebranded those tools with its former Post app under the Spark heading.

What can you create with Adobe Spark?

With Adobe Spark (a free service), students can create:

  • Posts: These single images can combine text and images. They’re saved as picture files.
  • Pages: These are long, flowing, top-to-bottom pages that you scroll through. They can include images, videos and text.
  • Videos: These videos can be picture slide shows or a combination of images and videos. They can include voice narration and/or music.

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Adobe Spark Post

The ability to create professional looking graphics is a valuable skill to teach. But many of us don’t know where to start. Did you know you and your students can easily design stunning visual images in minutes without any graphic design experience?

How to get started with Adobe Spark Post

With Adobe Spark Post you and your students can create amazing images in minutes. Posts can be created using the web app on Macs, Windows, and Chromebooks. Or build awesome visuals on the go with Adobe Spark Post on iOS and Android devices.

Start by creating an account on spark.adobe.com or download the Adobe Spark Post app to your mobile devices. Both web and mobile apps work the same, with some minor differences in features between the two.

One major difference between the web and the mobile version is the ability to create a template. In mobile version (currently only iOS) you can share an editable template by clicking on Create remixable copy when sharing a Post. It’s a great way to promote a theme or just have some fun! Try it out by clicking here: Remix this Design.

Want a walk through using Adobe Spark Post? Check out this tutorial (and remember — Adobe Spark Post works well on a mobile device AND a laptop or Chromebook!):

Ready to start creating beautiful looking graphics with your students?

5 ways you can use Adobe Spark Post in your classroom tomorrow!

Character Quotes

Use Adobe Spark Post to create graphics to share an idea or concept based on characters or authors quotes from a text or novel. It’s a great way for students to share their understanding of character traits or to analyze characters.

Examples:

Memes

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably come across a meme or two. Memes are images or videos captioned with text to express an idea or humorous or inspirational thought. Adobe Spark Post is a perfect tool for creating memes. Students can create memes for classroom rules or procedures, literary works, icebreakers or learning new vocabulary.

Examples:

Book Covers

This next activity is applicable to all grade levels. Give them an opportunity to redesign covers of novels or create new ones for short stories.

Examples:

Posters

With Adobe Spark Post, students can create posters for things like school art shows, safety rules, student ASB council and many more. Whether you use the mobile app or desktop version, chose the Print option when selecting a size. This will ensure you get the best print resolution.

Examples:

Story or Comic Strips

One cool feature found in Adobe Spark Post is being able to add multiple images into one graphic. Basically creating a multi-cell or as I like to call it a comic book layout.
Have students create their own sequential stories using their own artwork or photographs. It’s a neat way for students to creatively tell a story.

Examples:

Things to know


Adobe Spark Post projects are synced between all devices. When you work on a project on your mobile device it will sync in the cloud for you to edit later on another device.

Adobe Spark Post is available to all teachers and students. Even better, schools get Premium features that usually cost $9.99/month per user absolutely FREE! Read more about that here.

Adobe Spark Page

Creating web pages used to be very time-consuming. If you didn’t know HTML then putting together a webpage was almost impossible. Luckily web design tools have come a long way and designing your own web story is now even easier with Adobe Spark Page. You can create eye-catching web pages with magazine style themes.

How to get started with Adobe Spark Page

With Adobe Spark Page you and your students can create amazing web pages in minutes. They can be created using browsers on Macs, Windows, and Chromebooks. Or build awesome visuals on the go with Adobe Spark Page on iOS.

Start by creating an account on spark.adobe.com or download the Adobe Spark Page app to your iPhone. Both web and mobile apps work the same, with some minor differences in the user interface. Trust me, it’s easy to figure out!

Add videos, photos, text and more to your page using the magazine style themes and with Adobe Spark magic your content is put into motion using Glideshow. See what the finished product might look like in the video below.

It really IS that easy! Now, that you know how simple it is, it’s time to create some digital web stories with your students. Check out all of the ideas and example projects below.

5 ways to use Adobe Spark Page with your students

Adobe Spark Page is a great tool to highlight photography or artwork. Make photos stand out with a variety of page layouts. Try using a Glideshow to create a scrolling museum page. It’s a great way for your students to highlight and display their work.

Are you looking for a place to collect all of your work or the work of your students? How about an online resume? Adobe Spark Page provides space and features that enable everyone to curate their own work and create a gorgeous portfolio or resume.

  • Meet Kate Kriege: Educator. Mentor. Leader. by Kate Hieb-Krieger – Building a resume is a life skill. One that we are continually looking to improve on ourselves as adults. Show your students how easy it can be to build a beautiful eye-catching resume for their future job applications.
  • My Portfolio – You or your students can put all of their best work from the year of over the course of several years in one place to share at Open House or to showcase at an event.

Everyone has a story to tell. Every student has a voice to share. Adobe Spark Page is a great resource to share and tell your story. Create an About Me web page and add images, videos, galleries, and web links.

Take a traditional assignment like book reports and essays and give them a digital twist. Using features like Glideshows and Split layouts in Adobe Spark Page to organize sections and display content by themes or topics.

  • The Colorado River by Ezra Forta – For a fun spin on traditional essays, students can use images and captions to share what they have learned about a topic. In this 6th example text provides background information to accompany the images along with their reasons for choosing the topic.
  • The Civil War – Give history reports a modern spin. Students can create a page that describes important historical events and can even embed a YouTube video to support their information.
  • 1984 – Book reports get a makeover with Adobe Spark Page. Students from elementary to high school can easily add information about the book and share their thinking through a web story.

Adobe Spark Page is perfect for documenting trips. Students can also create content in companion apps Spark Post and Video and then add them to the web page.

Things to know


Adobe Spark Page is available to all teachers and students. Even better, schools get Premium features that usually cost $9.99/month per user absolutely FREE! Read more about that here.

Adobe Spark Video

Video is a powerful medium for storytelling. And creating videos has never been so simple. You and your students can easily put a story together on your mobile phone, laptop, PC, or Chromebook.

How to use Adobe Spark Video

With Adobe Spark Video, you and your students can create compelling videos in just a few minutes using professional looking themes and music. Adobe Spark Video is a free online video making software that allows you to easily combine images, video clips and icons into a beautiful, shareable movie. Add text, music and your own voice to personalize your video.

To begin, simply head to the website spark.adobe.com or download the app to your iOS device. Both web and iOS apps have the same functionality with the differences being in the format.

The interface is very intuitive! Want to add video? Click the plus sign and add a video. Click Preview to view your video in progress. Very easy to follow. What you see is what you get!

Ready to learn more about how to use Adobe Spark Video? Here is a tutorial that walks you through each step in creating a video.

So how can you get started using Adobe Spark Video in your classroom?

5 Adobe Spark Video project ideas for your students

Invitation

Hosting an event at your school? Use Adobe Spark Video to create a stunning invitation to a school event such as first day of school, meet the teacher night, curriculum night, sports events, concerts, etc.  For added value, have your students create invitations to send to their parents or guardians for Open House event.

Book Report/Reviews

Do you assign students write book reports or reviews?  Instead of writing book reports or reviews in worksheets, have students create a video.  Students can talk about Plot and Theme of the book. Depending on the grade level, you can break the book into sections and have a one group create a video about the Plot, other groups can do Theme, Story Elements, etc.  Students can create a video analyzing characters in a book.

Classroom Highlights

How do you share the happening in your class with parents? A great way to share classroom activities or events is by creating a highlight reel.  With Adobe Spark Video you can do that by choosing the “Tell What Happened” guide. Perfect way to show off your classroom and students.

Step-by-Step (How To Videos)

Need to create a step-by-step video? Use the Story Guides found in Spark Video to help you and you share a lesson.  Students can also use Spark Page to teach each other how to do solve a math problem, build a project, pass a level on a game, cook, etc. The sky’s the limit!

Field Trips

How many of you enjoy looking at photos or videos of vacations or trips? Create a video of a recent classroom trip or outing.  Use the “Tell What Happened” story guide to share what transpired. Better yet, have students create a video of different parts of the field trip. For example, task them with creating videos of different sections of the zoo (lions, tigers, and bears…oh my!)

Things to know

Projects (Spark Videos) are automatically synced so you can work whenever inspiration strikes.

Adobe Spark Video is available across the web or the iOS app. Unfortunately, at this time Spark Video isn’t available on an Android device. 

Adobe Spark Video is available to all teachers and students. Even better, schools get Premium features that usually cost $9.99/month per user absolutely FREE! Read more about Adobe Spark EDU here.

Adobe Spark tutorials and templates

Adobe Spark templates

Adobe has a ton of great templates to get you started creating. Check them out and watch the video below to learn how to create your own.

Sharing Adobe Spark in Wakelet

Wakelet just announced a new integration with Adobe Spark. Now you  can present your Adobe Spark creations in Wakelet! Try creating a collaborative collection as a way for students to share their creations with one another.

Here’s how it works!

  • Once you’ve created your masterpiece in Adobe Spark, click the ‘Share’ button and then ‘Publish’ or ‘Publish and share link‘. 
  • Go to your Wakelet collection and click the ‘+‘ button!
  • Paste your Adobe Spark link into the address bar
  • Make your collections pop with visually stunning, interactive Spark content!

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  • Shari Galgano says:

    Hi Matt,
    Perfect timing on your blog post. I just started experimenting with Adobe Spark yesterday and will be sharing it during a summer PD session. So far I love it. Thanks for all the great ideas for using it.
    Have a great summer
    Shari
    Caesar Rodney School District

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    This is great and works on chrome books. During our poetry unit, my students had to memorize a poem. This will be a great way to present these poems with visual images.

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    I’m looking forward to exploring Adobe Spark. Do you happen to know if you can embed posts, pages, and videos in an LMS?

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